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What music do Tour de France riders listen to on the bus? (video)

Music is a hot topic on the team buses at the Tour de France, but who has the best and worst taste in tunes?

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With nine riders in each team, plus dozens of support staff, the musical playlists on the bus each day can be pretty varied. All you need is one teammate with a terrible taste in music and your entire morning is ruined. Velon went behind the scenes at the Tour de France1 to discover what everyone is listening to this year.

Team Sky2 s Wout Poels says Luke Rowe3 has the worst musical offerings, as Haddaway s seminal 1993 classic What is Love blared out on the bus.

Rowe also outed Poels earlier in the Tour for playing the Crazy Frog song.

Trek-Segafredo4 s Gregory Rast blasted the team s bus driver Dany for having the same music on for the past seven years, while Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin5) says he has no time for the Ludvigsson brothers house music whenever they are on the bus.

Orica-BikeExchange6 s Luke Durbridge revealed that Australian rock music was the flavour on their bus, except when Ruben Plaza gets on the decks and plays some of his Spanish hits.

Each to their own, I guess.

References

  1. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Luke Rowe (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Trek-Segafredo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Giant-Alpecin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Orica-BikeExchange (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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Classic Christmas Song Gives A Little Extra to St.

Lawrence University

I ll Be Home for Christmas remains one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all times, and it gives more to St. Lawrence University than just a special Discount Holidays © holiday feeling.

Written by J. Kimball Kim Gannon, a 1924 graduate of St. Lawrence, along with Walter Kent and Buck Ram, the song was popularized by Bing Crosby in 1943 and became a top-10 hit. Recorded by Decca Records, the song touched a tender place in the hearts of Americans while it was embroiled in World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. Because of its personal yet widely appealing lyrics, I ll Be Home for Christmas has lasted well beyond the tumultuous period of war and separation. Since its debut, more than 250 artists and groups have recorded I ll Be Home for Christmas, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Ann Murray, and Michael Bubl .

Last year, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) named I ll Be Home for Christmas the 10th most-performed Discount Holidays © holiday song of the century. Born in Brooklyn in 1900, Gannon went on to write a number of popular songs during the swing era. He also penned St. Lawrence s alma mater, Alma Mater1. Campus lore has it that he wrote in the fall of his senior year on his landlady s piano.

Gannon went on to a successful career as a lyricist, with some 200 popular songs to his name and three Academy Award nominations.

Some of his more popular tunes include big-band standards Moonlight Cocktail, recorded in 1942 by Glenn Miller; A Dreamer s Holiday, recorded in 1949 by Perry Como; and I Understand, recorded at different times by Nat King Cole, Dave Brubeck and Jimmy Dorsey.

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  1. ^ Alma Mater (www.stlawu.edu)
  2. ^ http://www.stlawu.edu/news/classic-christmas-song-gives-little-extra-st-lawrence#sthash.wDqBoG1O.dpuf (www.stlawu.edu)